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teach creation and why you should care about. why you should care. in the ukrainian capital as protests. capture administrative buildings hundreds of thousands are on the streets demanding the country's leadership resign over the shelving of a trade deal with. the top headlines of the week despite general praise for historic deal on iran's nuclear program president obama is attacked by a hawks in washington who think iran has been let off the hook. for. independence movement manifesto. critics say the text is every detail and light on facts.
back in the past seven days top stories and the latest developments this is the weekly. breaking news this hour as many as one hundred fifty people have been injured in the ukrainian capital two thirds of a policeman several arrests were made as protesters. metal chains broke into the city council building and tried to storm the presidential administration hundreds of thousands of demonstrators are on the streets despite a month long ban on rallies in the center of kiev where he's actually had a chef. it is still pretty tense in the ukrainian capital this not as many people now as it used to be at the beginning of the protests but still we're talking at least a hundred thousand people who are protesting in the street right now we saw the protesters bringing in steel fences to cordon off some central streets of the city we also do know that they have cordoned off governmental buildings and we also know
that the protesters have managed to overtake the city administration building and now it's pretty much open for everyone to get in there all the officials have left that building several hours ago in fact the administration of president of ukraine building looked like a battlefield kalash a rapid between the protesters and the riot police short while ago i went to the administration of president ukraine building to see everything with my own ice the building of the administration of ukraine's president now under siege with several hundred a riot policemen protecting the building the set of buses so that the protesters cannot reach inside and these few few meters basically maybe twenty meters between them and the protesters we walked here we saw literally maybe several hundred of them over here we see shattered glass you can see probably over here some shattered glass on the ground the rocks which were used to throw a bit to throw at the police several hours ago the protesters that try to assault to building the even used a bulldozer to try to break the police lines as we can see there fail the police
are pretty much in control over here even though we're not even being let inside this perimeter because of the policeman appearing that because the clashes my ear off at any minute it's actually quite hard to speak here because of all the tear gas which was used still pretty much felt in the air and the situation is still very very tense here throughout the whole week that we protest against the government says not to sign the iraq association deal despite that many economists and people in power are saying that this deal could have harmed ukraine economically still this was not something on the minds of the people what now essentially the protests is different now it's small. or about the rage of the people against the government the president believing that they were the ones who just spurs peaceful protest on friday night when several hundred protesters were violently pushed from the central square by the police it's really unlikely that the protests will die down any time soon. where with no other government nor protesters willing to compromise let's discuss where the standoff may land ukraine
for that i'm joined by professor mark almond he's a historian at oxford university well it looks as if the protesters really are now determined to topple the government is that really likely can likely to happen do you think. it's possible that there's a template that they're following which happened in belgrade in serbia in two thousand and daughter and two thousand and three storm public buildings hope to face a demoralized government and it has to be said the president of ukraine has exact so much not just over europe but even over the question of police in it is not quite clear whether he had ties in the stomach or the intellect to control the situation not the first time we've seen a revolution there what difference would a second one make while this is to be the great tragedy of ukraine doesn't it a generation ago and it's and told us that no nation can learn from experience with another nation but it would seem months in their own experience after all we had as you say to that aren't so-called orange revolution and that actually gave way. to
terrible fault terrible corruption to economic disaster that's what a treat or unable to see on a cold which triggered new taxes and come back so i think we should be careful of attributing what's going on to the majority of people in ukraine i suspect that the tragedy of the great majority of people rather passive and certainly rather dissolution about politics and on both sides equation the risk now is that we have a politics of two minorities and it may be that the group on the streets with kind of paramilitary nationalist support from the west not just western men but also from some of your community countries they feel they've got the strip stage a kind of coup the sort that was seen going on in time of same time and this could change the government but it could lead to a very violent situation and it could be a question of the ukraine is five or six state and what about europe's motives here is it purely economic reasons why it wants it to bring ukraine into its into its
fold all is it a challenge to russia there's a lot of strong talk between the two isn't. exactly for ukraine this is part of its economic difficulties there is relatively little to attract to or after all what could they produce your principal introverted. we have a huge agricultural sector we have a heavy industrial sector and so on it's really a geo strategic issue. to push russia for further of her back into. asia or almost if you like and this is why ukraine is important whether it's a good thing for europe but ukraine my tavern might yet become economic necessity or because another question if we think about it countries like romania and bulgaria with when you where the summit courts have seen massive migration of their ordinary people into western europe pushing down wages making social problems that exist in britain in germany and france on spain and italy to worsen they might otherwise be a reflection of the deep economic crisis that has afflicted these former communist countries ukraine is
a big country in an even worse starting point so i think from an economic point of including sadly for the people of ukraine itself more or socio actually new york would actually be a stimulus to more economic downturn and more mass migration rather grim i'm starting point to some reform process we could prove like despite the rhetoric about what you make of the fact that going to have it said that he may review this early next year indeed a delegation could be sent to the e.u. to review this association deal once again is this just to appease the protests is or do you think perhaps there could be a deal in the future. well i think in addition to the protesters on the street there are also some economic interests in ukraine who think they would benefit from this i think if we look at the society as a whole all of the economy as a whole and it's open to question so you have a code which may be trying to calm the situation by saying this you may also think that it is his parentage after all. he faces the problem that the most politically organized group is the same not necessarily a majority population but with the decisive who may be the pro european lobby who
various reasons including of course the very generous amounts of financial systems . and so he may be hoping to calm but i think in a sense if he doesn't listen to what they say you can sure because. refusal really talks they protest about mr shanker being imprisoned for very intent. and his supporters and so this is part of the tensions in ukraine once you. have one group saying that the other side of the equation are traitors in the music people dangerous of course and those people have nowhere to go. to create the atmosphere of a civil war with them a very civil to just finally brussels it was very surprised when they made this u. turn and decided not to join up with this agreement is it worried about losing face over this is it was there more to it just fine and. i think brussels or the west in general would prefer to be winners out of this and they hope. will shoot himself in
the other for having us he was not armed with this crisis very well so far that he will try to. rescue him maybe santley there is nothing that russia ukrainian situation easily all simply professor mark almond is oxygen versity thank you very much indeed great to talk to you thank you well look here's why the ukrainian government is under pressure right now thousands of protesters as well as the opposition in parliament want to move the country towards europe but the government thinks that that is premature saying brussels is not offering perks such as membership and the privileges most europeans enjoy then there's a belief that life closer to europe would be cheaper but the government warns the deal would actually damage the economy for little in return while the opposition still insists kiev should resist pressure from moscow but close economic ties with russia including a free trade zone a shared business landscape and increased exports aim to pull the states together
and associate professor of political economy jeffrey summers i spoke to him earlier he says that trade relations with the ukraine have hurt the country. if we take a look at eastward expansion of the e.u. we can see that it has in the past produced the industrialization in the east. labor migration from the east to the west and so we've also seen western european consumer products don't in the east and i think that the e.u. is again experiencing of course the past four or five years economic crisis and it sees further eastward expansion as a way to resolve their own problems in the west here. the senior politicians have been blaming russia for the events taking place in kiev saying it was pressure from moscow that sunk the deal with the e.u. and some of those politicians have been seen in central kiev cheering protesters on international relations professor mark sloboda has told us that that is
unacceptable under international law the fact that they are essentially on the ground in kiev cheerleading the protesters on calling for a revolution in the country this is a tantamount to the regime change that has been called for in german newspapers earlier today this is a most agree just violation of the united nations charter and international law violation of sovereignty and the not interference of the domestic affairs of other states and i think russia cannot take the whole world community cannot take this. act like. the latest news updates footage and photographs from kiev can be found right now on our website r.t. dot com and you can also log on to get up to speed with how the protest started and escalated into this current situation.
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this week's all diplomatic differences exposed by the historic deal between six world powers and iran over its atomic ambitions and the general cautious optimism hawks on capitol hill israeli hardline isn't disgruntled shakes in the gulf states but just some of those who are angry well as he looks at the political battles the white house faces to make this agreement stick. today that diplomacy opened up a new path toward a world that is more secure and flying in the face of president obama what was included in geneva. last night in small store i mean.
it's a story in state. it's not me who wrote a safer place in an environment where israel as well as many u.s. lawmakers don't think that iran should develop nuclear technology at all the obama administration had to engage in diplomatic acrobatics to both acknowledge iran's right to peaceful nuclear energy and not acknowledge it at the same time we approach these negotiations with a basic understanding of iran like any nation should be able to access peaceful nuclear energy but because of its record of violating its obligations iran must accept strict limitations on its nuclear program that make it impossible to develop a nuclear weapon the scope and role of iran's enrichment. within this document says that iran's peaceful nuclear program is subject to
a negotiation and to mutual agreement despite the official's attempts to appease the hawks punches are flying because it looks like we've tacitly agreed that they will be enriching for commercial purposes down the road so i think you're going to see on capitol hill again a bipartisan effort to try to make sure that this is not the final agreement another senator marco rubio call the deal quote a blow to our allies in the region who are already concerned about america's commitment to their security and i think a lot of people both in the middle east and on capitol hill are very concerned that this interim deal becomes the new norm opponents of the deal in washington and abroad are already working not to let it survive the six month trial the obama administration is walking on eggshells before congress israel and its allies in the coffers it's trying to convey a carefully worded message which is you cannot threaten war all the time in
washington i'm going to check out it's been a critical week for scotland in the lead up to the vote on independence late next year you to examine that launched a weighty document laying out what he labeled a mission statement for the nation's future city looks at the key points put forward by the prime independence movement. should scotland be an independent country it's a six word question that requires a simple yes or no but breaking a three hundred year old doing it could hardly be simple and the scots are not taking it lightly as it stands only about thirty percent of scots say they will vote for independence a figure those in the yes camp hope to increase by presenting that much anticipated white paper which a scottish national party says has the answers to all the questions about it dependence the prime minister david cameron and those of the wall into the cabin says that independence is laden with risks and problems with warnings on just about everything taxes and debt the no camp suggests. higher taxes e.u.
membership london says scotland could forget about it they tried a nuclear program david cameron claims getting rid of it is a bad idea in case of a north korean nuclear attack and there might even be roaming charges of mobile phones if the split happens at the list goes on it's dubbed a project fear by the yes camp and they accuse the government of scare mongering scots into voting no and they'd sist the white paper will prove that independence would bring about a jobs boom and a thriving economy concerns that resonate with voters this white paper answers some six hundred fifty questions and the details here really are key there are two main categories here one those that will be negotiated during the transition period and another of those will be made to if an independent scottish government is indeed formed they promise indeed a lot of breaking down of all the policies they want to pursue let's listen to a bit of what they said we would call a halt to damaging which mr policies are pushing soo many people into poverty
abolish the bedroom tax and ensure that the incomes of the lowest paid keep peace with the course of living the main crux of the matter here is that many critics are pointing out asking if this white paper is going to be presenting the plan b. because a lot of the premises presented requires another party in the go. what if the part of the bag of england that the british government or even member states in terms of e.u. membership what if they don't agree to what our examiner has been proposing but he said that he is confident everything that's contained in six hundred seventy pages will be addressing every single question if anything this why paper is going to be a springboard for even more debates in the months to come with three d. printing proponents say the future is here regulators are just itching to get a grip on it really people are designing everything from sex toys to fully functional home guns and what is more important it's caring some lawmakers.
red's shooting range in austin texas is normally packed with gun enthusiasm. today the difference is that these men are firing rounds with a do it yourself firearm the world's first three d. printed metal gun we wanted to showcase the abilities of what direct metal can do eric much later is a project coordinator at solid concepts a company specializing in three d. printing here in prints or in the arts he was granted an exclusive tour of their austin facility which boasts ten three d. industrial printers and a glimpse of our technological future these are all the three d. printed parts that went into making this car after getting a federal firearms license the company used a process called direct metal laser centering to produce this browning nine hundred eleven pistol the three d. printed in metal gun has fired over one thousand rounds in the meantime solid concepts has manufactured its second nineteen eleven firearm solid concepts insists
the stainless steel firearm they've introduced to the world can't be replicated by hobbyists these machines start at six hundred thousand and go up to a million dollars they need to be in industrial environments they require more electricity than is available in residential areas and it will be years before metal printers become available on the consumer market not exactly the world's first mini metal maker has already been created and with laser centering patents set to expire in february it's predicted that metal desktop printers will hit the consumer market before you know it as the world has learned the convenience of technology has a downside we all loved the internet cell phones e-mail and social media before finding out that our beloved data is being monitored and stored by the n.s.a. . the astonishing capabilities of three d. metal printers is no law. a secret. so when they become
a part of our household tap alongside the microwave and flat screen t.v. . what people choose to physically create in the privacy of their home. will be beyond the control of the u.s. government bring up or r.t. texas authorities in bahrain of again being heavily criticized by human rights defenders amnesty international lashed out at the government for keeping the most prominent opposition leader in jail there were job as most of his two year term and is eligible for release but there's no side he'll be let go now the leader of the european bahraini organization for human rights has been locked up after he filed a defamation complaint against an official government newspaper his wife activists asma darwish told me bahraini authorities know her husband is innocent but still won't let him go. crazy channels they know that quite a husband is innocent and he is just defending human rights and he is exposing that my nation right is by the government of rage i have tried to accompany it with
a police station with a. notice plant has been created mr inhabited by jews and and he is an evil and human rights defender he always calls for peaceful movement amnesty international and other organizations as well as our has been pressuring the bahraini government to release and there is no cooperation from bahrain the government to respond. to or these fish or letters being sent or calls our joint is statements or whatsoever. time now to have a look at some other stories making headlines around the world a passenger train has crashed hurtling off the tracks in the area of new york killing four people more than sixty others are reported injured with twelve in a critical condition firefighters and emergency workers are still at the scene and the area has been cordoned off just hundreds of people have rotted outside the gates of curry university smashing up
a police car before setting it on fire they were demonstrating against the death of a student on thursday who reportedly died during clashes with security forces two others from the same engineering faculty were killed last month when demonstrations turned violent. they this hour an eighth day of unrest in thailand where running battles between police and protesters showed no sign of letting up tens of thousands of demonstrators of storm several state institutions calling for the prime minister's resignation four people died and dozens were wounded on saturday when government supporters clashed with protesters demonstrators accuse the prime minister of being a puppet of her brother the former prime minister convicted of corruption. and you come down as a starter for the olympic city of sochi and a hundred days from now that winter paralympic games begin one of russia's medal hopefuls is the ice hockey team who are competing for the very first time or to join them in training. ice hockey as it should be intense fierce determined and fast. are still hockey just with two sticks one in each
hand with extra risks. you're constantly flying around at high speeds collisions and everything it's all crazy fast and tireless commitment because. we're here training all the time morning to night every day these seventeen paralympic athletes are in the twenty fourteen russia sled hockey team and thirty six year old is their captain he was injured in two thousand and two while serving in the russian military in chechnya a little filled with before the age of twenty five i used to have a completely different life. but after the injury i turned to sports to realize my potential. he went from swimming to taking up a chance to join russia's brand new sledge hockey squad. for the worker your words no one is going to bring you things on a silver platter but here we had an opportunity to work for it since two thousand
and nine when we were told we were going to participate in the paralympics it's been our driving force in a country that struggled to accommodate people's disabilities russia's paralympic coach says the team is helping to change perceptions of them as there were a lot of thing in the second edition was more of these guys managed to prove to themselves their relatives and the entire society that they are not people with disabilities but people with limited abilities. he has been a part of the paralympics is one thousand nine hundred four but this is the first year that russia will compete this sport only came here four years ago as my d.m. remembers. when we were just staring at one another not really knowing what to do first of all let me show you. here is the sledge what it is this is the blade and this small area is the seat. which means it's terribly unsteady so just imagine you have to keep your balance and simultaneously carry the puck you
keep falling down then it takes a lot of time to get back up but now we're skilled at it. these they're sharky players the road just so she hasn't been easy it's taken an immense amount of hard work personal sacrifice and dedication but the payoff isn't just on the eyes the thoughts of. after this experience i believe that people who have survived a car crash or a plane crash will look at us and realize that even with an injury like that you can live on you can set your own goals and achieve them. r.t. to the region russia. slowly but steadily torch is approaching sochi the unique relay has hit some spectacular highs and lows take a look at those a lot. of those with a bit more christmas spirit than competitive spirit red square is the place to be
right now here in moscow artist margaret ventured into the slow to find out what is attracting people to the center of the russian capital. soon standing right here in the middle of red square and there is a massive celebration it's under way a lot of amazing lot of heavy drinking people are gathered in period costumes costumes supposedly of what it would look like one hundred twenty years ago if they were dressed in their traditional every day where they're actually celebrating the game department store it's turning one hundred twenty years old and if there is their birthday celebration a lot of back to be going on i see people being wheeled about in wheelbarrows people eating raw fish on a string lots of vodka is being passed around and a really feasible spirit here with this celebration that's currently underway. and the christmas spirit as a ride in moscow well coming up very shortly our report on the secrets of making
a good russian wine this is all to international. i hate to be a downer but i really think the olympics have lost all meaning in the past when there was the cold war it was like a battle between two ideologies taking place in the abstract at the one nine hundred thirty six olympics nazi sewall science their self proclaimed superiority was put on trial for the whole world to see and support the olympics having the majority of the countries on earth participating they are now horribly horribly bland one could argue that they have become a great way for countries to show off or excuse to build up some infrastructure by i think the subject misconception let's look back to the two thousand lympics and beijing your china has really developed the last twenty years but the olympics
really teach us anything about this country with a radically different political system or anything about the ancient culture or the way they think or the way they live no nothing at all. all we saw were some flags and some pandas that rather unique stadium which was mostly the work of a swiss company yeah i have to say i think the olympic flame is kind of burnt out over the years although i have to admit that saying the torch into space was kind of neat i think that when and if the world ever becomes an ideological battle ground again then the olympics will become worth watching but for now it's just generic sports from generic countries a generic stadiums but that's just my opinion.